Teaching AQA A-Level Philosophy for the First Time
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course is intended to provide teachers who are about to start or in their first couple of years teaching AQA A level Philosophy, with all they need to teach their course effectively and well. It will equip delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to become a confident, successful A level Philosophy teacher, ideologies and analysis of contemporary politics, both in terms of classroom teaching ideas and preparation for the terminal examinations in these skill areas.
This course brings a wealth of both examiner and practitioner experience to provide teachers with tips on how to overcome issues in the classroom and to guide students to optimise their examination performance.
The course will reflect current challenges and any modifications to the exam system.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Gain strategies on how to plan the course and manage the content in a two-year course
Learn what level of depth is appropriate
Learn how to ensure students keep up with latest philosophical issues and how to apply them to their existing understanding
Develop a confident understanding of the specifications, assessment and mark schemes to develop the skills student need
Analyse a range of sample answers to understand the standard and how students can achieve it
Overview of A-Level Philosophy including challenges and what to expect from pupils
10.00 – 10.30am
Structure Teaching the AQA A Level Philosophy specification: how should the course be structured to best support students’ learning?
Ensuring students and teachers hit the ground running in September – introducing the scheme of work and baseline assessment
Recognising which areas will be the most challenging for you and how to address these issues
Managing the content: planning and structuring; how can it fit into a two-year course? What level of depth is appropriate?
Recognising which areas will be most challenging for you and how to address these issues
Teaching Philosophy in an era of rapid change
Discussion: coffee break
10.30 – 10.45am
How to Effectively Teach Epistemology
10.45 – 12.00pm
Setting up the course: the how, what, and why of delivering a course in epistemology
Appearance versus reality: do we perceive the world as it is? Some thoughts on perception
Are we blank slates? The tabula rasa account of mind and its implications
The tripartite analysis of knowledge: is knowledge justified, true belief, and if not, what?!
Effective delivery: a nuts-and-bolts approach to epistemological pedagogy
Schemes of work, booklets, and assessment: a comprehensive set of tools and materials to successfully introduce and deliver the course (and how to use them!)
Key ideas for teaching Moral Philosophy
12.00 – 12.50pm
Why should I be moral? How to introduce a course on moral philosophy
Happiness, duty, or virtue?
Eating meat and eating people: some thoughts on practical ethics
Do moral statements express truths? Metaethical questions and how to deal with them
Morality: some thoughts on delivery
Putting it all into practice: how to develop, maintain, and grow a course in moral philosophy
Lunch and informal discussion
12.50 – 1.50pm
The Exam – what is expected
1.50 – 2.40pm
What the examiners are looking for and how to achieve it
The importance of shorter (3, 5, 12) mark questions and how to use this to your advantage
Talking the talk: the importance of terminology
Essay writing and how to nail it: some thoughts on insight, initiative, and imagination
Scaffolding, retrieval and how to embed these within a successful philosophy course
Discussion: afternoon tea
2.40 – 2.45pm
Planning and Structuring
2.45 – 3.30pm
Milestones for success, what and how should students have mastered by the end of year 12
Benchmark assessments: the planning and achievement of success
The 50:50 approach: bridging the gap between GCSEs and higher education
‘5-minute marking’ and what it involves
Some thoughts on assessment: how to halve marking load and double efficiency
Oliver McAdoo has taught A Level Philosophy in one of the largest and most successful departments in the country for over 20 years. He is an experienced AQA Philosophy Senior Examiner, Reviser, Specification Developer and Scrutineer, delivering CPD for the exam board at centres up and down the UK. He has produced textbooks for, amongst others, Nelson Thornes (A Level Philosophy) and Routledge (A Level Critical Thinking) and has delivered papers at philosophy conferences alongside some of the foremost speakers in the field. Currently a consultant for Cambridge University and Principal Examiner for Cambridge International Examinations (both in the UK and Singapore) he is every bit as passionate about the teaching and assessment of philosophy as he is about the subject itself, a passion which comes across in his delivery which is widely regarded as inspirational.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
NQTs in Philosophy
Philosophy teachers in their first few years of teaching A-Level Philosophy
Heads of Religious Studies
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course